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LGBTQIA+ Programming & Initiatives
The University of Mississippi

University Resources

 

Center for Inclusion & Cross Cultural Engagement

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The Center for Inclusion & Cross Cultural Engagement works enthusiastically to develop programs and services that support the University of Mississippi’s core value of inclusiveness. The center works to foster an environment that is characterized by open and ongoing communication that deepens students’ understanding of their own and others’ identity, culture and heritage. It is dedicated to creating a supportive and inclusive campus environment that complements the academic experience, connects and engages students with the university community, and provides opportunities for success in a multicultural society.

 

Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies

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The Sarah Isom Center performs both academic and service functions. It is dedicated to promoting research and scholarship about women and gender by developing a multidisciplinary program of study that will help students appreciate the special concerns, contributions, and perspectives of people of all genders. These studies include an analysis of how gender intersects with other social categories, such as race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, age, nationality, and ability. The enter coordinates the undergraduate minor in gender studies and the Graduate Certificate in Gender Studies.

 

All Gender Restroom Information

Initiatives are in the works to bring clear and explicit “All Gender” signage to restrooms at the University of Mississippi. Please see the link above for current information and resources on the locations of single occupant, unisex, and accessible restrooms.

 

UM – Department of Student Housing

To speak with someone in Student Housing regarding housing options and supportive measures, please contact housing assignments at assignments@olemiss.edu.

 

UMatter – Student Support and Advocacy

UMatter serves as the official site for finding resources and information on how to care for yourself and your peers when in distress.

Through this website, students, faculty, staff and parents may provide assistance to fellow students and colleagues by taking action. Should you see signs of a person of concern, in distress or who simply needs assistance, know that resources are available through this website.

 

University of Mississippi Counseling Center

The University Counseling Center espouses a philosophy of acceptance and respect, compassion and support for the individuals that we serve as well as toward each other.  We work to create a warm, welcoming environment that expresses respect for the individual and their relationships.  We hold a belief in the self-determination and growth of the individual.  We seek to create and maintain a dynamic and fluid environment that allows for a sense of safety and trust to build in our clients and ourselves.  We adopt a holistic view of ourselves – from being providers of psychological services for the University community (our clients), to working to meet the broader needs of our clients.

 

University of Mississippi Student Health Center (Oxford campus)

We’re here to serve you.

We understand that concerns about discrimination and being misunderstood contribute to your overall experience with a health care provider. We want to take those stressors away and focus on your health and well-being. Our promise to you is to continue to educate our staff and improve systems to welcome and serve all patients, inclusive of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

What to expect from us:

We invite you to share openly and honestly with us. During your visit, we ask all patients questions relevant to their reason for visit. This can cover topics such as personal medical history, use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, sexual behavior, and family medical history. We want you to feel comfortable and know that we are gathering this information to better meet your health needs.

 

Center for LGBTQ Health – The University of Mississippi Medical Center

The Center for LGBTQ Health is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) individuals through clinical practice, research, education and community outreach.

 

 

University of Mississippi Study Abroad

Resources for LGBTQ+ Students

 

UM Career Center

LGBTQ+ Career Center Resources

Our Diverse Populations resources have been compiled to assist you with exploring how ethnicity, sexual orientation, veteran status, and other diversity topics affect career exploration and development. Its purpose is to highlight Career Center resources to assist you with your career planning as it relates to your diverse identities.

 

Invisible Histories Project – Mississippi

The Invisible Histories Project – Mississippi seeks to support the collection, preservation, future research, and accessibility of LGBTQIA+ history in the Mississippi. Researchers are currently based here at the University of Mississippi. The project is a satellite of the Invisible Histories Project (IHP), founded in 2016 by Joshua Buford and Maigen Sullivan based in Birmingham, Alabama.

Archival Preservation

IHP-MS will be working with individuals and organizations to collect manuscripts and ephemera that pertain to LGBTQ+ history in Mississippi and to find those materials a home in an archive, where they will be preserved for future generations. The current repository resides in Archives and Special Collections at the University of Mississippi.

Examples of ephemera include:

  • Memorabilia
  • Photographs and videos
  • Posters and flyers
  • Ticket stubs and Bar membership cards
  • Personal reflections

If you would like to donate archival materials, please contact Dr. Eva Payne (ebpayne@olemiss.edu) and Dr. Jaime Harker (jlharker@olemiss.edu).

Oral History Interviews

Historians have long relied on oral history collaborations to document LGBTQ+ life and experience in the United States. In the spirit, IHP-MS has begun a project called Queer Mississippi. The team conducts life history interviews with LGBTQ Mississippians and preserves them in an accessible digital archive where community members and scholars can access them and learn about the rich history of Mississippi.

Interviews typically last 90 minutes to two hours and are a collaboration between the narrator and the interviewer. Along with archiving the interview, narrators will be provided with a copy of the audio recording and the transcript.

Typical Oral History Interview Questions:

  • Where did you grow up?
  • Where did you go to school?
  • What was your first experience with LGBTQ+ people?
  • What are some of the main LGBTQ hang-out spaces that you frequented in Mississippi?

If you are interested in participating in an interview, please contact Dr. Amy McDowell (mcdowell@olemiss.edu) and Danielle Buckingham (daniebuckingham@gmail.com).

Oral histories and transcripts can be accessed here.